Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ideological gag order

Yet another instance of the Bush Administration placing ideology above good governance. The New York Times reports:

Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of politicalconsiderations.

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues.

And it seems the trend will continue with the President’s nomination of James Holsinger to fill the position of ‘America’s Top Doctor.’

This is just another case of our public agencies falling under the influence of what my favorite blogger, Andrew Sullivan, calls Christianism. It's a fascinating and frightening result of the growing influence of Christian fundamentalism in American politics over the past two decades generally, and the Bush Jr. years specifically.

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